Finish the tour and have a lovely lunch in Galway…

Such a coincidence I sat next to an adorable young woman on my flight to Dublin.  She told me she lived in Galway and that she had spent the summer in Canada.  She was a nursing student and was in her third year.  Natasha.  She was full of life and energy and seemed happy to …

Breathtaking (literally), The Cliffs of Moher…

The Cliffs of Moher I am not sure what I expected.  I had seen these cliffs in movies, online, in pictures and on tourist sites.  To say I was excited to come and see these cliffs was an understatement.  Ireland is amazing.  The people, the island, the wild Atlantic way.   Taking a tour the first …

Dublin Castle… Not what you think it is…

Dublin Castle So here I am, lovers of castles and old things and much to my surprise, Dublin Castle is not the “old castle” that I just assumed.  We Americans just assume the word castle means old as dirt and tons of battles must have had here and dungeons, blood, guts and wenching.  Possibly royalty …

The Book of Kells was on Iona? Trinity College and the Book of Kells…

Ahh, the Book of Kells The Book of Kells.  It must be a book written by a monk order of the Kells?  Monks, yes, Kells, no.  My tour guide Brian was highly knowledgeable about this question and many other questions and he provided some great information.  The internet is amazing when looking stuff up and …

Making my way to Dublin…

Ireland Ireland envokes the visions of the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers. I can answer one of these thus far, it is an Emerald Isle. So green it was while flying over the isle, beautiful water in the Irish Sea as we approached Dublin Airport. The weather was perfect and for me, …

The battle of Falkirk…

Falkirk On a quiet Sunday morning, we drove to Falkirk.  Sunday was a day for places I wanted to go and for places, Paula wanted to go.  It was a great thing when traveling with someone on the same page as you, compromise comes easy.  Falkirk is one of the many, many places I wanted …

National Wallace Monument and visiting the incredible… Kelpies

The National Wallace Monument After we left Doune Castle, we stopped at the National Wallace Monument. I have been here once and remember the incredible trek up to the top and what a view it was when I did make it there.  This time I had a buddy to trek to the top and take some …

I have to admit… riding ATV’s was… muy divertido!

Ride an ATV?  No way That is what I said when the subject first came up.  Well, I am sure glad they insisted and I did it.  It was a blast.  After leaving Machu Picchu and spending a glorious night in a nice hotel, sleep makes a great difference.  I can do this I told …

The beautiful Doune Castle… where have I seen this before?

Our journey from Lochleven to Doune Castle We journeyed over the really incredible Queensferry Crossing What a sight to see and it was still so new at the time.  We drove over this bridge a lot during our trip. Doune Castle If I were to just ask my friends or family, not many would know about …